Daily Archives: July 1, 2019
We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Scholars assume that Joel was highly educated and may have been a member of the priesthood. He likely lived near Jerusalem. The themes of his book are judgment, repentance, and restoration.
An Army of Locusts
Blow the trumpet in Zion;
Rend to Mend | Becky Newman
Joel 2 starts out pretty awful, going from total physical destruction by locusts to spiritual warfare with a description similar to that of the end times in Revelation. But if that’s what it takes for us to return to God, then so be it. He doesn’t want to lose a single one of us. He just wants us back, specifically our hearts not our outward appearances. The command in verse 13 is “Rend you hearts”. Rend has the same root word that is in surrender, but it means to tear or rip apart forcibly, as one would tear his clothes when mourning in the old Jewish custom. But to rip apart the heart means to humble oneself under God with the realization of brokenness that only God can fix. He is compassionate, gracious, and abounding in love, and He will fix it. He will mend when we rend.
I must come to this place of brokenness before I can call on the Name of the Lord and be saved, which is where Joel leads us in chapter 2. In my daily walk, there are plenty of reminders of how sinfully broken I am, but when I’m feeling that yuck, I rarely call on Your Name, instead tending to wallow in self-pity. But when I rend, You will mend! As I pray each morning to lay down my selfish ambition and pride at the feet of Jesus, I should call on Your Name for my strength to follow through.
Lord, You are my strength. You are my Mender. I am broken on my own, a sinful mess of yuck. But You mend me and make me whole through the blood of Jesus. I lay down my selfish ambition and pride at Your feet and call on You for strength to not pick those sins back up but to turn away from sin and let You transform.
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